April 17, 2021
Portugal was voted the 26th most attractive destination for foreign workers in 2020, a rise of four positions compared to 2018.
According to a Boston Consulting Group (BCG) report, Portugal is the 26th most attractive destination for foreign workers. This position represents a rise of four positions in the ranking compared to 2018. Leading this assessment is Canada, overtaking the US, which until now was the most attractive destination.
With the increase in remote work, many consider that they can work virtually without emigrating. In this sense, almost all the countries that recorded rises in the top 10 of the assessment successfully contained the pandemic, such as Australia (3rd position) and Japan (6th position).
As for cities, the trend is similar, with New York, Barcelona, Rome or Madrid now considered much less attractive than in 2018. However, Tokyo and Singapore are more attractive, similarly to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Lisbon, meanwhile, moved up 12 positions, from 40th place to 28th.
Despite the lower receptivity to change country, 70% of the Portuguese said they were willing to work from Portugal, but for a foreign employer, above the world average, which stood at 57%.
By sector, around 71% of respondents with a digital or analytics background and 67% with IT experience said that they would be willing to work for a company without a physical presence in the country.
“This report reinforces the view that Portugal can seek to position itself as a preferred destination for companies and workers, especially in a context of increasing digitalisation and new forms of work,” said Miguel Abecasis, managing director and senior partner of BCG’s Lisbon office.
Portugal has features that are difficult to replicate, and that should be leveraged, he said, such as the good quality of the education system, the mild climate, security, friendly culture, cuisine or the level of English of much of the population.
Source : ECO NEWS, AICEP